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runDisney Tag!

runDisney, like I’ve always said, has completely changed my life and since its Medal, Monday why not do a tag about runDisney! So runners set GOOOOO!

  1. How did you first discover runDisney?

I first discovered runDisney when my family and I took a trip to Disneyland about 6 years ago. We were walking in Downtown Dinsey when my aunt shouted: “WHAT IS THAT AND HOW DO I GET ONE?” and the guy was really nice and answered her and then we signed up.

2. How many raced have you done?

8 events (some multiple times). 13 5k’s, 6 10k’s, 11 Half Marathons, 2 Full Marathons, 9 challenges, 3 virtual,  2 coast to coast and 1 castle to Chateau.

3. What was your first run?

The Inaugural Dopey Challenge in 2014. 48.6 miles and this was my first ever running event EVER. I also did not train at all nor did I break in my shoes…

   4. What was your favorite race weekend?

Dopey Challenge 2018 because I PR and I ran it with my mom. Plus Dopey was celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary which was also in a way celebrating my 5-year running adventure which I hope to continue.

   5. What was your least favorite run?

Disneyland Paris because I was so thrown off by the mile markers because they don’t use miles, but everyone was super friendly and encouraging like every other runDisney event.

   6. What was your favorite park to run through?

Hollywood Studios in WDW and Carsland in DCA.

   

7. What is your favorite runDisney medal?

Castle to Chateau medal. I think it’s GORGEOUS!

   8. What is your favorite shirt?

2018 Goofy’s challenge and a Half shirt because it reminds me of my favorite baseball team.

   9. What are 3 songs on your runDisney playlist?

Hey Princess (Allstar Weekend), I Can Go the Distance (Hercules), and Carrying the Banner (Newsies).

 10. Do you go for a PR or do you not worry about time?

I go for a PR, I find the longer I stay out on the course the more I get into my own head.

  11. Which character do you always stop for?

None.

  12. What is your favorite pre-race meal?

Lucky charm marshmallows. I don’t like to eat before a run but if I do it’s the lucky charm marshmallows.

   13. Favorite costume you ran in?

Darth Maul. It was more of a Dinsey bound than an actual costume but I think it was close enough.

   14. Favorite costume you’ve seen someone else run in?

That is a tough one because everyone has AMAZING costumes but I will go with Thunder mountain because for the entire 10k she wore a mountain on her head and her body and there was an actual bobsled that moved around on a track. It was really cool.

I hope you enjoyed this runDisney Tag and let me know what your answers in the comments below!

-Dezi

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runDisney/WDW Haul 2018!

The amount of merchandise I accumulated is insane. I honestly thought I was going to have to buy another bag just to get everything home. Thankfully, I was able to shove it all in my bag with only some complications.

To start off the haul is definitely 2018 New Years hat, I got when I first arrived at the hotel which I had to deconstruct due to the lack of room in my bag. Of course what follows the hat is the 6 running shirts I picked up at packet pick up. The Dopey Challenge shirt is definitely my favorite.

Over at the official runDisney merchandise, I thought it was my duty as a freezing participant that I buy everything that would keep me warm. So, I did…as you can tell, buy everything that would keep me warm! Plus, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy two new spirit jerseys that say runDisney and I runDisney on it. In my defense my Nani bought me one of them. I also had to buy The Dopey Challenge pin, its a tradition I started 5 years ago every event I do I have a pin to go with it.

Now for actual park shopping there wasn’t much I wanted except the WDW rose gold spirit jersey. The socks were a necessity that helped me keep my toes from frost bite. While eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table, I got a magic wand that I will treasure forever. I also bought 4 Nightmare Before Christmas Pins that look like the paintings that are in the stretching room of the Haunted mansion.

-Dezi

 

 

The Dopey Challenge 2018!

Honestly, I can not believe that I completed The Dopey Challenge once again. So back in 2014 my cousin and I signed up for the inaugural Dopey challenge, which was the start of my running journey. Having said that, it only felt right to celebrate my 5 year anniversary with the 5th year of the run that started it all. The only difference this year was, my mom took on the challenge with me.

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If you don’t know what The Dopey Challenge is here is the run down: 4 days. 4 parks, 48.6 miles=6 medals. If you participate in the half and the full marathon you will receive the Goofy Challenge completer medal. If you participate in the 5k, 10k, Half and Full marathon, you will receive the Goofy completer medal as well as the Dopey Completer medal.

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Its a tough but challenge and a lot of miles to run in just 4 days but let me tell you, its the most amazing feeling in the world when you cross that finish lines and they place the medal around your neck. This time was different, not only did I accomplish this crazy challenge for the second time but completing it with my mom is something I will never forget. She is truly my inspiration and the strongest women I know, completing 48.6 miles 3 months after having emergency surgery and completing it with a torn LCL that she did on the 10k.

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Overall, the challenge was accepted, completed, amazing and of course freezing. It felt great running it, and even greater running with my mom by myself. Even though I fell in a ditch and broke my toe, the race must go on. Both my mom and I set a new personal record on all the races and we are ready for or Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon and of course more runDisney events because every mile is magic!

-Dezi

 

 

Star Wars Half Marathon is back?!

Yes the Star Wars Half Marathon has made its way back and I couldn’t be more excited! I know what your thinking there is no possible way because Disney took out all of their runDisney events until construction is over BUT it’s true!

Instead of bringing it back to the parks runDisney has decided to bring it back as a virtual Disney run for its first 13.1 virtual run. You get your medal, your bib and a certificate and knowing Disney they will have shirts to buy online.

RunDisney is also allowing guests to complete the Kessel Challenge where you run the Light side (virtual) and the dark side over at Walt Disney World to achieve the Kessel Star Wars coast to coast medal! Will you sign up for the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

runDisney: Disneyland Canceled

Today the run Disney website had a bit of a makeover, and you can see that all the Disneyland events have been removed off for 2018. Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend for 2017 is the last event to happen at Disneyland.

Since runDisney didn’t open up registration for the upcoming Disneyland events, I think its safe to say we all got the sense that something like this was going to happen. Disney did confirm after they pulled the races off that it is due to the expansion of Disneyland why they decided to put the Disneyland events on a hiatus.

If I am honest, I’m saddened by this hiatus because I was on my way of getting my Legacy medal and another c2c. I am hoping they will honor my Legacy and once the races start up again, I will be back on track for that bling. I do, however (feeling’s aside) think it was smart on Disney’s behalf to put the races on a hiatus during construction. It would have been very chaotic, and people would complain even more if they had to cut back on some stuff or the course wasn’t in the parks as much as before.

-Dezi

runDisney: Hong Kong Marvel 10k

I still can’t fully wrap my head around this…not only did i just find out about Hong Kong having a race weekend and that its Marvel themed but to blow my mind even more this isn’t their inaugural race weekend its the second race weekend with a 5k and 10k.

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Marvel 10k weekend 2017 begins September 16-17. Runners will make their way through  seven themed lands of the park as they run for the Captain America 10k and Thor 5k. There will also be a 3k and of course everyones favorite Kid Races that will go on as well.

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Runners will collect a Marvel running pack that includes as event T-Shirt, race bibs and other items as well. There will be limited edition merchandise special to the vent and of course the amazing medals that wait for us at the finish line. To make the race a bit more interesting the top 3 runners will be awarded with a one night stay at one of the resorts hotel or a dinner buffet as well as  Captain America accessories.

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Just like all the runDisney events the cause for this run will be making a difference for people in need as voluntEARS and volunteers from Chow Tai Fook help raise support and awareness of the Hong Kong Association for Cleft lip and palate. Runners you only have until July 31 to make up your mind if you will be joining Captain America and Thor race weekend. Will you join?

-Dezi

RunDisney Shorts! 

Guess what finally came In!!!

My runDisney shorts shirt!! I got the pin a while ago but now my shirt has come and I can’t wait to wear it and take a ton of pictures! I’ve also completed one 5k and a mile and a half for the second 5k!

How are you guys doing? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Virtual runDisney: Round 2

 

Come one, come paw!?

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Its time to sign up for the the second ever runDisney virtual run hosted by the one and only Pluto, and he is celebrating with three individual runs, each with a different commemorative  Pluto finisher medal!

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Since i love dogs and this run is dedicated to our four legged pups and its Disney i knew i had to sign up for the Virtual Run Series so i can get 4 medals, Coolcore towel and for those furry friends a collapsable dog bowl, and dogs tags. Plus its a charity event donation go to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando!

16003114_10206008354128264_534934370330780583_nUnfortunately since one of my pups has a broken paw, she won’t be able to run until 6 more weeks, so my running partner will be my little pup. No worries, Belle will be doing some Doga with me so she won’t feel left out.

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There is also some merchandise and i definitely bought a shirt and pin because why not add to my collection of Disney/runDisney merchandise. Will you be participating with a set of paws? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

runDisney: Dopey Challenge..Round 2!?

Im feeling a bit Dopey…

If your new to my blog welcome! And if your new I’m pretty sure that you are also a bit confused by the first line…so let me just fill you in.


Walt Disney World Marathon weekend sign ups are tomorrow, meaning the 5 year anniversary of this challenge…now my cousins and i talked and we said that we would all sign up together for the challenges 5 year anniversary and like i said sign ups are tomorrow…so were all signing up.

My cousin Olivia and I did this challenge back when it was the inaugural Dopey Challenge in 2014 and so there are a lot of emotions going on for me, it’ll be my first time back to WDW in about 3 years, Dopey was my very first event EVER, the first time I’ve experienced runners toe and this will be the longest run since I’ve had a slipped disc. So excited, nervous and terrified can pretty much sum up what feel right now.


Although i know what to expect for this run i don’t know if its a positive thing or a not so positive thing…i haven’t put my finger on that quite yet.. all i know is I’m definitely going to finish it again…hopefully.

I know in the end it’ll be fun and a great accomplishment but the anxiety that leads up to it is overwhelming…I just know that if i get in tomorrow ill be running with my best friend, and i will be DEFINITELY train and work on strength and conditioning  as well as losing some weight to make the run easier on my back…wish me luck!

-Dezi

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